Champions from Within: Canada’s Gender Equality Week at UNGA

On Monday, September 23, 2019, CanWaCH celebrated Canada’s second annual Gender Equality Week in New York at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This event brought Canadian and international friends together to discuss an issue that people of all political stripes can get behind – gender equality. 

The event featured a series of rapid-fire talks from powerful women who defy stereotypes, shun political boundaries, and blaze their own path to champion gender equality regardless of their role, affiliation, or organization. Event attendees were moved by the speakers’ personal experiences which truly showcased how gender inequality impacts each and one of us in our daily lives. 


  • Kathryn Kaufman, Managing Director, Global Women’s Issues, Overseas Private Investment Corporation 
  • Laurin Liu, Former Canadian Member of Parliament and Advocacy Coordinator, WaterAid 
  • Robin Gorna, Global Feminist and AIDS Activist, Former Lead, She Decides 
  • Moderator: Julia Anderson, Chief Operating Officer, CanWaCH 

Gender equality was an underlying theme for all of UNGA 74, as world leaders met to discuss global issues such as universal health coverage

Did you know that in our recent public opinion polling, CanWaCH found that 51 percent of respondents agree that aid has more impact when focused on advancing the health of women and girls. Further, 76 percent of respondents agree that Canadians have a duty to support the health, education and economic opportunity for the world’s poorest and most marginalized people. 

When we make progress towards gender equality, everyone benefits! 


October 3, 2019